Admir Smajić

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Admir Smajić
Personal information
Full name Admir Smajić
Date of birth (1963-09-07) 7 September 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Bijeljina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
Radnik Bijeljina
0000–1979 Partizan Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1988 Partizan Belgrade 194 (9)
1988–1993 Neuchâtel Xamax 99 (15)
1993–1997 FC Basel 111 (12)
1997–1999 BSC Young Boys 26 (2)
Total 430 (38)
National team
1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Olympic 5 (0)
1986–1987 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 4 (1)
1995–1996 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 BSC Young Boys
2003–2004 Yverdon-Sport FC
2004 FC Sion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Admir Smajić (born 7 September 1963) is a Bosnian former football defender and midfielder who played for SFR Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later in his career he also became a football coach.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Born in Bijeljina,[1] SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Admir Smajić began his career in his local town, from where he moved to Belgrade to play in the youth team of FK Partizan.[1] He made his senior debut with Partizan in the 1979–80 Yugoslav First League.[1] He played 9 consecutive seasons with Partizan, where he won 3 Yugoslav championships. Whilst at Partizan he represented Yugoslavia at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where they reached the semi-finals before being eliminated by France. Later, in 1987 he also debuted for the main Yugoslav National team.[1]

Switzerland[edit]

In 1988 he moved abroad to Neuchâtel Xamax who had just had won the two previous editions of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Neuchâtel Xamax failed to win the title during the time Smajić played, and all they managed was to be runners-up of the Swiss Cup in 1990. He played there for almost five years before joining FC Basel in the winter break of the 1992–93 season.[1] He played with Basel for the following 4 years, and then he moved to BSC Young Boys in the winter break of the 1997–98 season.[1] He eventually took up a player-manager role in 1998. He was sacked at the end of the season and he also retired from playing.

National team[edit]

After representing Yugoslavia at the 1984 Olympics, he later became A international for the Yugoslav National team. Between friendly games, and qualifiers for the 1988 UEFA European Championship, he has made 5 appearances, all in 1987.[1]

Almost a decade later, and after the break-up of Yugoslavia, he became part of national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, making two appearances in 1996.[2] Smajić was given an emotional farewell in what was likely his last appearance for the Bosnian national team on 25 April 2000 in Sarajevo, a 0–1 result in a friendly against FIFA All Stars Thomas Häßler Roberto Baggio Mustapha Hadji Bernard Lama Dunga among others).

Honours[edit]

Partizan
National team

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Admir Smajić at Reprezentacija.rs
  2. ^ Admir Smajić at National-Football-Teams.com